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Question DetailsAsked on 3/26/2018

looking for an architect in delaware co iowa

I need home plans drawn up
list of contractors needed to build a home

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Architect is the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed architects to design your house, and provide construction inspection if desired. He may have in-house Civil Engineering support for the structural and site development design, or may subcontract that out to an engineering firm he routinely uses for that part of the design - clearing, grading and drainage, road/drive/parking, site development/drainage/grading, septic or sewer, water supply, other utilities layout, environmental permits, etc. Landscaping is usually a shared design responsibility.

It is also possible to get builders who do their own architecture and engineering (or they contract it out themselves) like subdivision builders do, so called "turnkey" contractors. But I do not recommend that because that puts the design under their thumb so low cost becomes the driving factor in most cases. I recommend having the enigneering and architecture done by your people to meet your needs and desires - which also provides an independent oversight over the contractor if you have the architect/engineer provide on-site inspection services as well, which I highly recommend.

It does you no favor to have a design for the house you want but then trust the builder to construct it exactly per the plans and specifications so you actually get what he bid for - leave inspection and quality control to the builder and you are asking for trouble or at least disappointments (which may not pop up till after any builder warranty has expired) with probably about 90% of builders due to shortcuts or plain omissions or errors. I have seen some real doozies in my time, from houses turned over to the client as "ready to live in" without water or sewer, missing major structural members, skimping on structural matters (such as 1/4" luan plywood used as roof sheathing instead of the normal 1/2 to 3/4" or 2x4's being used where 4x8 to 4x12 beam was called for), sincle-pane windows instead of arctic grade triple-pane, or fixtures and finishes which did not meet the original specification but were instead the cheapest he could buy at Home Depot or Lowes for examples. Have even seen "complete" houses without drive paving or any of the specified landscaping, missing furnace or A/C (or only set in place with no connections or ducting), no paint, no finish flooring, none of the specified appliances or dent/ damaged /preused ones installed, piping not connected at some points. There are literally hundreds of things that can be left out (on purpose or by accident or lack of subcontractor coordination).

As for contractors - since you asked the question you obviously do not have experience acting as your own General Contractor (Builder- Homes is the Search the List category for new construction), so you do NOT want to get individual contractors for the job - you want to get a good reputable General Contractor, who then (subject to your approval) gets subcontractors on board as needed and uses his own personnel as applicable to build the job, and is also responsible for the coordination between the various subcontractors and suppliers and for seeing that their work is satisfactory and to code.


Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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